PHILADELPHIA - The final weekend of regular season play around the Ivy League will see Columbia come to the Ringe Squash Courts this Friday at 4 p.m. followed by a trip to Cornell this Sunday at 11 a.m. No. 15 Columbia (5-8, 1-4 Ivy) comes into this weekend in a sixth-place tie with Penn in the Ivy standings. No. 6 Cornell (10-4, 3-2 Ivy) will present the Quakers with their final chance at knocking off a top-eight team this season.
Friday's match at Columbia will also serve as Senior Night for two members of Penn's outgoing Class of 2012. Thomas Mattsson has led the way all season at the No. 1 spot on the ladder. The senior has a career-high six wins through his first 10 matches. He is riding a two-match winning streak after his win over Yale's returning All-American; Kenneth Chan. Mattsson has played No. 1 his entire collegiate career and has won 20 matches despite missing time with injuries.
Fellow senior Trevor McGuinness has three wins on the season after his victory at No. 3 against Brown. He will be looking for his 30th career victory this weekend. Last season, McGuinness went on a tear late in the season, winning eight of his last 10 matches, finishing with a team-high 12 victories. All three of his wins this season have been four-game victories.
Dan Greenberg has found himself at the No. 2 spot recently. He also has three wins this season. Daniel Judd has a pair of wins this season. He has been predominantly at the No. 3 position since returning from the winter break.
Michael Mutscheller and Derek Chilvers each come into the weekend with five victories. Mutschller (5-4) has won three of his last five matches and nearly pulled out a five-game win against Yale this past Sunday at No. 8. Chilvers has also won three of his last five matches, including a pair of five-game victories during that span.
Justin Ang and Jack Maine each have four wins so far this season. All four of Ang's wins this season have come via 3-0 sweeps. Maine has won three of his last five matches with his last two victories coming in 3-0 sweeps. John Dudzik has been playing primarily at No. 5. He has two wins so far during his sophomore season.
Oscar Mattsson picked up his second win inside of the top-nine this season in the win against Brown. He has been playing primarily at No. 10 recently. Hunter Schlacks is currently 2-3 in matches inside the top-10, including a win at No. 8. Matt Sheridan played just his second match at No. 10 this weekend against Brown. He is 1-1 in top-10 play this year.
Columbia enters the final weekend of play on a three-game losing skid. The Lions beat Brown, 6-3, for their only Ivy League win of the season. As the rankings currently sit, Columbia and Penn would also play each other in the first round of the B Division of the men's team championships. Last year, the two squads did not meet each other.
Cornell is currently slotted to play in the A Division of the team championships. The Big Red are ranked sixth in the country. The Big Red also have the national runner-up, Nick Sachvie, at the top of its ladder. Cornell has beaten Dartmouth, 5-4, and Franklin & Marshall, 9-0, to hold onto the No. 6 ranking. Last season, Cornell edged out Penn in a 5-4 decision.
After the conclusion of the regular season, the Quakers will take part in the team championships next weekend at Princeton. The men's championships will begin on Friday, February 17 and continue through Sunday, February 19.
The series with Cornell
Overall: Penn is 43-17
At Cornell: The Quakers are 17-9
Current Streak: Cornell has won four in a row
Last season: The Big Red edged Penn, 5-4
Last Penn win: November 18, 2006 at home, 9-0